Bagan & Environs
Bagan was the first imperial capital of ancient
Myanmar. The temples, stupas and pagodas are the most impressive
relics of the first period of Myanmar greatness. Situated on the
eastern bank of Ayeyarwaddy River and cover more than 42 square
Bagan had been ruled over by 55 kings in
12thcentury. Bagan is one of the richest archaeological sites in
Asia and today are considered one of the wonders of the world.
Bagan is famous for its unique lacquer ware and travelers can
visit workshops to watch craft-men produce these beautiful
Tour highlights include; Shwezigon Pagoda,
Ananda Temple, Dhammayangyi Temple, Kubyaukgyi Temple,
Kyansitthar Umin and etc.
Mt.Popa, about 50 km south-east of Bagan is 1520
meters high. It is said to be the core of an extinct volcano. It is
highly for being the home of Nats (Spirits), considered the most
important Nats worship centre.
There is a wonderful panoramic view. The area has
also been designated as a National Park, a perfect for eco-tourism.
This is an easy day's trip from Bagan stopping along the way at
local villages and a palm tree plantation.
Salay is 36km south of Bagan. Salay is an important
centre of Buddhism with many working monasteries. Among these
religious monuments, Yoke Sone Kyaung is the oldest surviving wooden
monastery created in its own unique style of Bagan era and Nan Paya
is a large lacquer Buddhist in Myanmar.
Highlights includes: Payathonzu, Hkinkyiza Kyaung,
Yoke Sone Kyaung. A day's excursion from Bagan can be combined with
a visit to Mt.Popa.
A peaceful excursions by boat along the Ayeyarwaddy
River from Bagan, Pakhabgyi 20km northeast of Pakokku is in 19th
century town has one of the oldest wooden monasteries in Upper
Myanmar with 254 teak pillars, local produce tobacco, jaggery palm,
sugar candy and the famous checkered blankets.